People seem to think another house should have won Home of the Year 2020...
The RTE Home of the Year was announced last night, that saw judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Peter Crowley whittle down the options to just three finalists - and taking the gold this year was the 19th century converted carriage-house in Clonsilla, Co. Dublin.
— RTÉ Home of the Year (@HomeoftheYear) April 14, 2020
Owned by Ethna Dorman, the Dublin property beat out competition from 21 other home - with three houses continuously setting tongues wagging, including the carriage-house, a Cork cottage beside the lighthouse in Youghal and a country farmhouse in Co. Cavan.
Oozing charm and personality, Ethna converted the house into her own retirement home after the passing of her husband William. Showing viewers around the immaculate property, the restorations helped Ethna create a peaceful sanctuary, reflective of her life's journey.
Though several agreed with judge Hugh in his description of the winner as "sheer magic", many others seemed to be of a different opinion - claiming that the top prize should have gone to the Cork lighthouse instead.
Based down in the Rebel County, Saoirse Fitzgerald lives in a restored lighthouse keeper's cottage. Impressing for both its location and views, people have dubbed it as complete house goals, saying that it was "robbed" of the gold.
Lighthouse cottage was ROBBED. Robbed, I tells ya ⚓️ #homeoftheyear
— Mo (@MaireTRobinson) April 14, 2020
The lighthouse in #homeoftheyear is just home goals.
— Amanda Flannery (@ALLFlannery) April 14, 2020
I can’t believe the lighthouse keepers cottage didn’t win #HomeoftheYear 😰
— Amy (@AmyNiRhian) April 14, 2020
There were also several calls claiming that the Cavan farmhouse should have come out on top, but of course, it's hard to please all of the people, all of the time.
Cavan farmhouse was my winner 🤩🏡 #HomeoftheYear
— Síle Hughes (@silenoelle) April 14, 2020
Congrats to the carriage house but my pick was the stunning house in Cavan with the lighthouse keeper’s cottage a very close second #homeoftheyear
— Yvonne Gorman (@mrsgormo) April 14, 2020
What do you make of the judges' decision?